Jorge Che-Quiab found guilty of manslaughter in fentanyl death of 16-year-old girl.

An Aurora man who gave fentanyl to a 16-year-old girl during a party at his Aurora apartment, then failed to get help for the girl when she overdosed and died, is guilty of manslaughter among other criminal charges.

Jorge Alexander Che-Quiab, 26, was found guilty on Tuesday by an Arapahoe County jury following a six-day trial, according to the district attorney’s office. The jury also returned verdicts on two counts of distribution of a controlled substance to a minor, two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and sexual assault of a child.

On Aug. 7, 2020, Aurora police responded to Che-Quiab’s home on a report of an overdose, according to a DA’s news release. Investigators determined that Che-Quiab had supplied alcohol, marijuana, and fentanyl to a group of underage girls at his residence.

“Che-Quiab admitted to police that one of the girls appeared to be suffering from symptoms of overdose, but decided to go to sleep rather than seek medical attention on her behalf,” the release said.

People at the gathering awoke the next morning, found the victim, who was not breathing, and called 911 for help. Alexis Krzystek died at the scene. Che-Quiab flushed drugs down a toilet before police and paramedics arrived. He was also convicted Tuesday of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl whom he plied with alcohol.

Investigators found about 300 pills containing fentanyl, disguised as blue “M-30”
Oxycodone pills, as well as several bricks of heroin, in Che-Quiab’s apartment, according to prosecutors. The street value of the drugs was about $20,000.

The defendant was initially charged with first-degree murder, extreme indifference. The jury trial started on April 25.

“This defendant used alcohol and extremely dangerous drugs to manipulate these girls for his
own selfish purposes,” said Chief Deputy District Attorney Chris Gallo, in the release. “When it became clear one of them needed immediate medical care, he callously chose to do nothing.”

A sentencing hearing is scheduled on July 21. Che-Quiab faces a prison term of 8 to 116 years to life.

Source: Read Full Article